I think where I depart from General Dannatt is that clearly the report that has been put into the public domain was either written to be leaked or was written in a format which could easily be picked up by the press which I think is a bit unfortunate.
General Dannatt and the chain of command have got to take responsibility. Remember they are the ones who are stopping the medal which I think most people want for people are killed or injured in Afghanistan or Iraq. They were the ones who actually blocked my bill in terms of trying to get the British Armed Forces Federation recognised and they also downgraded the independent commissioner for the armed forces.
Where was General Dannatt and Jackson and others saying to government look we can’t commit on two fronts (Iraq and Afghanistan)?
What angers me a little bit with some of the military chiefs is that in the so called leaked report today General Dannatt talks about army housing becoming less safe.
When they’ve got opportunities to influence politicians they should do it and not do it in the backhanded way clearly that Dannatt and others think that they will change politicians’ views.
What he’s doing, I think, is trying to get into an area of public policy in terms of a political debate which I think he’s way beyond his remit. What he should be doing is clearly using the Defence Committee and others to raise these points but you know it’s no good remaining silent.
What they should do is speak out there and not try and nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more and say this is something that is wrong which clearly the Conservatives are using to bash the government with.
Strong stuff. So it's quite clear that Mr Jones hasn't exactly got the highest opinion of the Chief of the General Staff. No wonder MoD insiders are pointing the finger at him.